What are your thoughts on this one? Are you done with Will Smith or is he a victim of white oppression?
Will Smith finally broke his silence and had this to say:
Will Smith broke his silence this morning about the controversy surrounding his wife’s proposed Oscar boycott, saying that he also won’t be attending this year’s ceremony because he believes that Hollywood is ‘going in the wrong direction’ when it comes to diversity.
The 47-year-old star of Concussion sat down with ABC’s Robin Roberts on Good Morning America to share his thoughts on this year’s overwhelmingly white Academy Award nominations, and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s videotaped call to action
‘I think that diversity is the American superpower. That’s why we’re great,’ he told Roberts in the exclusive interview.
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Here are some thoughts from Daily Mail columnist, Baz Bamigboye, on the Oscars boycott:
When Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to win an Oscar for best leading man in 1963, much of America was scandalised as the actress Anne Bancroft presented him with the award and gave him a congratulatory kiss on the cheek.
To many, such inter-racial contact was taboo.
Today, when so many of the most successful people in showbiz — and in all other walks of life — are of ethnic origin, such a reaction seems grotesque.
But it must be seen in the historical context. Ever since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had first begun its annual ceremony to honour the acting world in 1929, no other black man or woman had been similarly feted.
I share some of their angst, but I don’t feel heartbroken about this year’s nominations. The simple fact is that the Oscars must celebrate and honour the best. And, I’m afraid, in my view, the movies this year with black actors and black film-makers aren’t of that high quality.
The only exceptions are Idris Elba’s charismatic performance as a warlord in Beast Of No Nation (based on the experiences of a child soldier fighting in a civil war in Africa) and the boxing movie Creed.
That is not to deny, though, that the membership of the Academy (who choose the Oscar nominations) is not a serious problem.
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